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VP Joe Biden Meeting with Gun and Games Industry Concludes, No Official Statements Yet

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The vice president seemed "cordial" and "reasonable" when discussing videogame violence with industry leaders.

Last week, Vice President Joe Biden gathered industry leaders from videogame and gun industries to discuss the issue of gun violence after the tragedy in Sandy Hook.

According to Polygon's sources, so far, things are shaping up to look like the videogame industry will maintain the status quo. Apparently, the vice president was "cordial" and "reasonable" when discussing videogame violence with industry professionals ESA president Michael Gallagher, ESRB president Patricia Vance, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg, EA CEO John Riccitiello, Epic Games former president Mike Capps, and ZeniMax CEO Robert Altman.

The vice president made it clear that he was not singling out the videogame industry, stating "I come to this meeting with no judgment," he said. "You all know the judgment other people have made."

"We're anxious to see if there is anything you can suggest to us [the government]," he stated, because the U.S. has had a "problem beyond quote-unquote massacres."

The goal of Biden's meeting with the entertainment and gun groups is to get a proposal on how the nation is to deal with gun violence. He was tasked with it by President Obama after the elementary school shooting. Whatever Biden's findings are, it's assumed that Obama will be addressing them during his State of the Union speech, which is to come sometime this month.

The good news for concerned gamers is that the vice president doesn't appear to be going the path of be scapegoating the videogames industry like many other politicians and pro-gun groups have done. "We know there is no silver bullet," the vice president said, "we know this is a complex problem. We know there's no single answer."

Biden's meeting with the videogame industry is available for public viewing on YouTube, here.

 

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    JonnyDough , January 14, 2013 2:13 AM
    A simple solution: Parents could solve this problem by simply, you know, parenting.
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    itchyisvegeta , January 14, 2013 2:04 AM
    I will sum up this entire meeting for them, and save us some tax payer money in travel expenses, and save them some time:

    THE SHOOTER WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CRIME, NOT THE GUNS, NOT THE VIDEO GAMES!
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    Nakal , January 14, 2013 12:55 AM
    You aren't exactly helping the point edogawa ..

    I hope they don't start banning games or other entertainment. THere are rating systems for a reason, it is up to parents to know what is best for children.
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    shikamaru31789 , January 14, 2013 12:18 AM
    As long as they don't try to do something crazy like ban GTA V, I'll be happy.
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    cuecuemore , January 14, 2013 12:24 AM
    An expert like Biden should be able to make everything all better. But seriously, games still aren't the problem.
  • 4 Hide
    Xatos , January 14, 2013 12:43 AM
    Nothing like a genius VP getting the job done alongside the One.

    I'm so damned tired of this stupid liberalism crap.
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    edogawa , January 14, 2013 12:47 AM
    Games have nothing to do with the violence...if they start banning violent games like GTA, I will rage.
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    Nakal , January 14, 2013 12:55 AM
    You aren't exactly helping the point edogawa ..

    I hope they don't start banning games or other entertainment. THere are rating systems for a reason, it is up to parents to know what is best for children.
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    neoverdugo , January 14, 2013 1:15 AM
    The last thing the US needs is that "scumbag" of VP to mess with the video game industry as he Nuked Megaupload. Like I said before: Ban the sale of semi-auto and automatic guns to ALL CITIZENS, and Ban the sale of mentally and emotionally unstable idiots!!!
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    neoverdugo , January 14, 2013 1:23 AM
    Sorry,
    Ban the sales of guns to mentally and emotionally unstable idiots!!!
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    jhansonxi , January 14, 2013 1:32 AM
    XatosNothing like a genius VP getting the job done alongside the One. I'm so damned tired of this stupid liberalism crap.

    You obviously don't have a clue how laws are passed in the USA. The House of Representatives writes them. Then Senate has to approve them, then the President.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives
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    Ragnar-Kon , January 14, 2013 1:33 AM
    You know parents.... video games have ratings for a reason. Stop buying M rated games for your 12 year old and they might not ever get the dumb idea to play shoot-em-up in real life 10 years down the road.
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    jhansonxi , January 14, 2013 1:37 AM
    edogawaGames have nothing to do with the violence...if they start banning violent games like GTA, I will rage.
    They won't, and the USA constitution says so (freedom of speech). The only reason the games industry is being dragged into the discussion is because the NRA was blaming them (an the lack of mental health services) for the Sandy Hook massacre.
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    itchyisvegeta , January 14, 2013 2:04 AM
    I will sum up this entire meeting for them, and save us some tax payer money in travel expenses, and save them some time:

    THE SHOOTER WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CRIME, NOT THE GUNS, NOT THE VIDEO GAMES!
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    JonnyDough , January 14, 2013 2:13 AM
    A simple solution: Parents could solve this problem by simply, you know, parenting.
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    JonnyDough , January 14, 2013 2:14 AM
    jhansonxiThey won't, and the USA constitution says so (freedom of speech). The only reason the games industry is being dragged into the discussion is because the NRA was blaming them (an the lack of mental health services) for the Sandy Hook massacre.


    They could. Perhaps you forget US history, and world history. Remember, history repeats itself.

    Remember twenty something years ago when they had this little thing where you could be labeled as a communist by your neighbor and get jailed? Woah! The constitution was already in place then too!
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    JonnyDough , January 14, 2013 2:35 AM
    JOSHSKORNThere is NOTHING WRONG with video game violence. FFS, it's social media and idiotic Super Nanny-dependent parenting. While part of me wants to just blindly adopt Australia's gun control laws, we'll have the exact same problem we did during the Prohibition era, just with guns, instead. Our boarders are not secure enough and Mexico will never have its act together to get rid of the drug cartels, and weapons (guns, particularly) will be smuggled. We practically need a DMZ between the US and Mexico.I wish people would stop wasting their time talking about treating mental health and focus on the availability of the types of guns people probably shouldn't have (anything concealed, anything automatic). We need to do that, and pass laws on a federal level on obtaining guns. I hear in Arizona, they might as well sell guns at Toys R' Us, it's easy enough to get a gun there.


    I disagree. I think that video games can have a PROFOUND effect upon youth. If you ARE a young person reading this it is probable that won't notice the effect upon yourself until you are older and reflect back. You may disagree at this point in time, but you must realize that your life is still just begining and you have a very small perspective on which to make your basis upon. It has been researched and said that the adult mind does not stop developing until around age 35. Consider this if you believe you have finally gotten a good grasp on life. I assure you that you will never stop learning, facing new hardships, or developing your perspectives and your character.

    The fact is, media influences us. If it didn't advertising wouldn't be a multi-trillion dollar industry.

    But aside from the influence, one simply cannot go door to door and take away other people's freedoms.

    It is up to parents to keep their children from being influenced by violence in the home - not the responsibility of the government.

    Afterall, where does one draw the line? Will we be told that we cannot spank our kids but that Uncle Sam is responsible for that too? Discipline is the job of a parent.

    It isn't the job of the government to educate our children when it comes to morals, math, science, politics, religion, sex, or anything else. It is a PARENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO RAISE THEIR CHILD. If you can't handle that responsibility, don't have kids. If you have them anyway, then step up and start learning to be an adult, man or mother. Put the child first, before yourself. It's natural, and the more you do that the more you will come to see it is right. Selfishness only leads to heartache for a parent in the long run.

    Not every child is the same, and they cannot be coddled them forever. But as an attentive parent who has educated themselves about how to educate a child we should be able to discern our child's maturity and gauge what they are or are not ready for. Most importantly, we must teach our children the importance of teaching their children, and to impress upon their child that it will also be important to carry on the tradition of eduction throughout future generations.

    Having a child is the biggest responsibility one can ever face in life. It far outweighs anything else. We can look back and let the "unfairness" of our childhood rule us, or work to give our children better than what we had despite the hardships that we faced and had to overcome.

    Work is only a means to provide, but if we fail to provide other resources, such as our time and our love, such as morals, such as how to share and love others before ourselves, etc. then the child may just as well starve because without learning things like the necessity of self defense but how to properly handle a weapon the end result is death regardless. Food and clothing do not complete Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs.

    If you don't know what that is, google it. Take the time to decipher how your parents did, and if you notice an area where your parents could have improved, then make certain you improve that area (and all areas) when you become a parent. At the same time, have some faith that as long as you love your child and try your best - your child will turn out just fine.

    /rant

    P.S. I was raised in a religious home but am an atheist. To further explain my stance I will share this quote:

    "A man's ethical behaviour should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear and punishment and hope of reward after death." ~ Albert Einstein
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    minidruid , January 14, 2013 3:41 AM
    better call up hot wheels and all toy car manufacturers in hopes the can solve some of our automobile related deaths and accidents.
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    thecolorblue , January 14, 2013 4:19 AM
    "Land of the Free"

    ...no longer
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    thecolorblue , January 14, 2013 4:25 AM
    JonnyDoughI disagree. I think that video games can have a PROFOUND effect upon youth. If you ARE a young person reading this it is probable that won't notice the effect upon yourself until you are older and reflect back. You may disagree at this point in time, but you must realize that your life is still just begining and you have a very small perspective on which to make your basis upon. It has been researched and said that the adult mind does not stop developing until around age 35. Consider this if you believe you have finally gotten a good grasp on life. I assure you that you will never stop learning, facing new hardships, or developing your perspectives and your character.The fact is, media influences us. If it didn't advertising wouldn't be a multi-trillion dollar industry.But aside from the influence, one simply cannot go door to door and take away other people's freedoms.It is up to parents to keep their children from being influenced by violence in the home - not the responsibility of the government.Afterall, where does one draw the line? Will we be told that we cannot spank our kids but that Uncle Sam is responsible for that too? Discipline is the job of a parent.It isn't the job of the government to educate our children when it comes to morals, math, science, politics, religion, sex, or anything else. It is a PARENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO RAISE THEIR CHILD. If you can't handle that responsibility, don't have kids. If you have them anyway, then step up and start learning to be an adult, man or mother. Put the child first, before yourself. It's natural, and the more you do that the more you will come to see it is right. Selfishness only leads to heartache for a parent in the long run.Not every child is the same, and they cannot be coddled them forever. But as an attentive parent who has educated themselves about how to educate a child we should be able to discern our child's maturity and gauge what they are or are not ready for. Most importantly, we must teach our children the importance of teaching their children, and to impress upon their child that it will also be important to carry on the tradition of eduction throughout future generations.Having a child is the biggest responsibility one can ever face in life. It far outweighs anything else. We can look back and let the "unfairness" of our childhood rule us, or work to give our children better than what we had despite the hardships that we faced and had to overcome.Work is only a means to provide, but if we fail to provide other resources, such as our time and our love, such as morals, such as how to share and love others before ourselves, etc. then the child may just as well starve because without learning things like the necessity of self defense but how to properly handle a weapon the end result is death regardless. Food and clothing do not complete Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs.If you don't know what that is, google it. Take the time to decipher how your parents did, and if you notice an area where your parents could have improved, then make certain you improve that area (and all areas) when you become a parent. At the same time, have some faith that as long as you love your child and try your best - your child will turn out just fine./rantP.S. I was raised in a religious home but am an atheist. To further explain my stance I will share this quote:"A man's ethical behaviour should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear and punishment and hope of reward after death." ~ Albert Einstein


    Nice wall of (opinion) text there.
    Opinions are like @$$holes... everybody has one.
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    twelch82 , January 14, 2013 5:32 AM
    I still don't really get it. When you look at the data, violent crime in the US is at the lowest rate it's ever been in the history of the country. It was actually highest around the time of the country's founding, before any of the modern media existed.

    So, I want to know, what is the assertion of an "epidemic" of violence based on? If the Obama administration has some facts that I haven't seen in regards to evidence of a worsening problem with gun violence, I'd be happy to look at them and reconsider.
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    JOSHSKORN , January 14, 2013 7:15 AM
    JonnyDoughIt is a PARENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO RAISE THEIR CHILD. If you can't handle that responsibility, don't have kids.

    Will you run for President? I know too many irresponsible parents that never should have conceived. *smh*

    JonnyDough"A man's ethical behaviour should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear and punishment and hope of reward after death." ~ Albert Einstein

    I'm atheist, too. Love this quote.
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